We lose millions a year when patients use urgent/emergency care when they cannot get doctor's appointments. If a mandate required doctors and facilities that receive federal money to accept Medicare patients we can trim some expense.
Part a and Part B pay nothing toward eye or dental care. The low income recipients get suppliment coverage paid through block grants or go without coverage. The private insurance through state agencies comes at a high premium. Care after damage is done is high cost. Preventative care is proven to reduce costs, ask any HMO.
One of the most pervasive forms of fraud is identity fraud; either with or without the permission of the medical plan holder. Very few health care providers ask for photo ID prior to treatment. There are more or less no controls in place to police this, which creates... more »
Create a record for each person as they enter medicare. Decrease payments to doctors, hospital, etc. that do not use the electronic records. Increase payments to providers who do. Payments may not immediately change greatly, but efficiencies in tracking and compensation should actually lower costs of overall program. Easier to find fraud/abuse in computerized systems too.
Better yet, vary... more »
Drugs are cheaper in Mexico, Canada, and most of the world. Many medical procedures are 10% of the cost in the USA. How can this be?
I suggest Medicare or Congress investigate the real value of the drugs and procedures. We should only pay fair market value.
Please, cut all of the fat! There are many great ideas here, and if the government implemented just half of the ideas posted, NOT ONE OR TWO, then we would better our financial crisis. It's not a game to better your career to come up with the best idea, this is our country that is falling apart that we're trying to fix.
Everyone who that took the time to post something, knows and cares enough... more »
Stop the free for all for PhARMA and insurance companies. Repeal Medicare Pt D and allow the US Government to negotiate on prescription drugs prices.
This is wasteful spending of money. The so called... more »